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Committee passes bill to block social media from ‘censoring’ users

BY: - May 9, 2022

An Ohio House committee passed legislation Tuesday prohibiting social media companies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube from “censoring” their users. The legislation would block the companies from removing posts or expelling people from their platforms based on the “viewpoint” of users or ideas expressed in their posts. It wouldn’t apply to speech already illegal under […]

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Elon Musk and oligarchs of the ‘Second Gilded Age’ can both sway public, exploit their data

BY: - April 29, 2022

By Nolan Higdon, California State University, East Bay During the Gilded Age of the late 19th century, and the early decades of the 20th century, U.S. captains of industry such as William Randolph Hearst and Jay Gould used their massive wealth to dominate facets of the economy, including the news media. They were, in many […]

Survey: Ohio economists disagree on whether YouTube, Facebook operate as monopolies

BY: - March 1, 2022

Some social-media powerhouses have already come under fire in Ohio. Now a majority of a panel of Ohio economists says three of the biggest — Facebook, YouTube and Twitter — behave as such. But a significant slice of the panel disagreed. The Buckeye State has long played an important role in the history of antitrust […]